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making news in america this morning, surging waters. >> parts of the northeast wake up to record flooding leading to sdwra matic rescues and some unusual sights. >> then ranking the republicans. rick perry shoots to the top of the gop feel. how the texas gunslinger b bame a presidential front-runner. and let's dance.f the new cast of abc's "dancing with the stars" is out. a look at who will be vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy.
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and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. the number of people killed in irene has now surged to at least 40 as more victims are pulled from floodwaters. >> the danger is far from over as those waters continue to rise in states already hard hit john hendren is in washington now with the latest on this. good morning to you, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya. irene's first waves hit the south, north carolina, virginia ancond wave the the second wave the hit, north, new jersey, new york on up to vermont and now learning some of the worst damage happened after irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. along a 500-mile-wide path that raked the eastern seaboard irene left a leg ski of lethal flash flooding. whole towns swept away. >> we were watching dumpster, refrigerators, big propane tanks shooting off propane. >> reporter: the big apple was
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largely spared. >> i expected it to be worse than it was. >> reporter: but to the north and south devastation. 3 dozen died. most by drowning and fallen trees. this town turned to rivers n wyndham, new york, more than 2,000 trapped as the waters rose. >> there goes the car. that car is history. >> reporter: in vermont they haven't seen floods like this in over half a century. a month's worth of rain in a day. at new hampshire's plymouth state university, this iss the football field. >> this is your ice skating rink on the right. this is all parking right here all the way to the building that submerged. >> reporter: in manchester, new hampshire, this father and his two daughters were found clinging to buoys rescued moments before he collapsed. they put the tally to 3 to $6 billion. the human cost, incalcula bchlb.
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rob and tanya? >> we are hearing backlash saying the news media, forecasters, even the government overhyped the storm so far. any response to claim. >> reporter: mayor bloomberg has taken some heat for this. i was in times square the other day and heard someone say this was no hurricane. well, the mayor says that you can't just hope for the best. no one likes to shut down the economy of a city, he said, but human lives are more important and, of course, he was criticized for not doing enough in the blizzard over the past year. so he would have taken a lot of heat had he not prepared and things had gone badly. you can't really predict a hurricane, rob and tanya? >> i guess sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry. abc's john hendren, thank you. new york residents face another day of recovery. flooding has shut down roadways and all this as crews work to
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pick up downed trees and restore power to thousands. a river creek and lake swelled together here creating a muddy raging mess. >> on top of that take a look at this video from manville, new jersey. that is a national guard truck plowing down the main street with water up to the roof. while military trucks, of course, are designed for pretty tough going, the guardsmen ended up having to be rescued themselves. >> moving on to other news now. rereblican presidential hopeful michele bachmann now says she was just kidding when she said hurricane irene in last week's east coast earthquake were warnings from god for lawmakers. >> but critics are not laughing saying there is nothing funny about a hurricane that killed at least 40 so far. here's bachmann in her own words. >> i don't know how much god has to do to get the attention of the politicians. we've had an earthquake. we've had a hurricane. he said, are you going to start listening to me here? listen to the american people because the american people are
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roaring right now. >> bachmann says her remarks were ingest and she was only trying to make a point about too much spending in washington. it's been six years since hurricane katrina devastated the gulf coast and ceremonies from held yesterday to mark the somber day. a wreath-laying service in new orleans was especially emotional for folks there. it was held at a memorial for almost 100 still unclaimed or unidentified victims of that deadly storm. there's also plenty of new orleans-stylyl dancing and memoy of those, 1,800 killed in that tragedy. wildlife officials are trying to track down a grizzly bear in yellowstone after a hiker was found dead on a back country trail. the man's body discovered five miles from the trailest trail head not far from where he parked his vehicle. wildlife officials say if they capture the bear and make a positive dna match it will be euthanized. a wisconsin medical clinic
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is trying to track down hundreds who may have been exposed to wood-borne infections including hiv. officials in madison say they discovered a longtime nurse had been improperly using a diabetic injection that put patients at risk. she was supposed to demonstrate how to use it using pillows and oranges not on patients themselves. and nasa says astronauts may eed to international space station this fall. a move that is unprecedented. officials need to figure out what went wrong with last week's russian launch otherwise thnt, otherwise there will be no way to launch any more astronauts before the current residents have to leave in mid-november. and as temperatures soar again into the triple digits across texas, residents are being urged again to conserve energy. texans were quick to pitch in when the humane society put out a call for help. their air-conditioning went out leaving cats and dogs to suffer in 112-degree heat but volunteers did bring in some ice and fans to keep those pets
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cool. >> they don't look too happy. >> everybody getting relief from that heat. now for weather, blistering heat stretches from texas to tennessee. another gorgeous day in the northeast. pop-up showers from savannah to miami and thunderstorms could get strong at times around minneapolis, fargo, des moines, chicago, omaha and st. louis. some showers across much of colorado. >> phoenix hits 110. albuquerqusalt lake city, salt lake city, 90. just 66 in seattle. 71 in portland, mostly 80s from detroit to kansas city and 104 in dallas. 82 here in new york, 90 in atlanta and 88 in miami. and coming up, the latest in the war of words started by former vice president cheney, who is he calling out now? >> and then how this plane ended up in a california home and who came rushing to the rescue? and the party advertised on facebook as the biggest pool party of the year.
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overseas markets are higher on good news about u.s. consumer spending and a major bank merger in greece. tokyo's nikkei average picked up 102.5 today. hong kong's hang seng has gained about 330 points. in london the ftsepened higher. on wall street the dow rose 255 points yesterday. the nasdaq index was up 82. well, as many of youou know
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thanks to hurricane irene it is hard out there to get from here to there. it will take days for the airlines to clean up all the mess. this, of course, is a peak travel period with labor day weekend just a few days a aad of us and many flights are already full and amtrak's corridor service is having problems, as well. irene is having an impact on the insurance industry. this year's many natural disasters have made this an expensive year for the companies. that means premiums will likely rise. the insurance companies are still expected to show a profit. your cable or satellite fees could also be going up if congress takes the suggestion from the u.s. copyright office. right now providers pay a flat fee to the channels they carry. the proposal though would make the services negotiate individually with the right holder for each program. a battle is shaping up over not what's in your wallet but who. verizon wireless, at&t is
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pouring money into isi. it lets them pay for goods with their phone challenging google's mobile wallet service. >> mobile wars that continue. >> that's right. when we come back this morning, the claim made by michael jackson's doctor about the king of pop. and the party dubbed the biggest pool party of the year that got a little bit out of hand. looks like they're having fun, though. >> uh-huh. [ dramatic soundtrack plays ] whoa! man: what is that? i don't know, but it burns! it's like fire. woman: ow, ow! i can't see. man: it's singeing me! it's the sun. get out of the office more often with chili's $6 lunch break combos. pair a texas toast half sandwich with fries and super salad every weekday. ♪ chili's lunch break combos ♪
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>> lucky guy. now let's take a look at morning road conditions. thunderstorms make for a slick ride on i-35 from minneapolis to des moines. on i-80 from omaha to chicago and on i-70 from kansas city to st. louis. also wet on i-95 from savannah to miami and on i-25 from denver to colorado springs. if you're flying airport delays are possible in minneapolis, chicago, kansas city, miami and denver. and more political news this morning. a new national poll shows texas governor rick perry is crushing the republican competition in the race for the white house. perry scored 27% in the survey. his closest competitor is mitt romney with just 14%. now, some analysts believe perry's recent popularity surge is the first serious republican threat to president obama's re-election. well, they may have made nice in public, but former secretary of state colin powell and former vice president dick cheney are clearly not bffs. >> no, it's all thanks to cheney's new book which goes on
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sale today. jonathan karl has details. >> reporter: they've been two titans of foreign policy for decades working side by side in no less than three wars but in d his new book dick cheney unloads on colin powell accusing him of undermining president bush as secretary of state and being "openly disdainful of the president's policies." cheney even claims credit for kicking powell out of the administration after the 2004 election. now it's powell's turn. >> they are cheap shots and the kind of headline you might see one of the supermarket tabloids writes and it's nonsense. >> reporter: they had been close friends. in november 2000 when cheney was hospitalized with a heart attack, powell's wife alma prepared an entire thanksgiving dinner for the cheney family. now cheney portrays powell as two-faced and dishonest, especially on iraq. time and again i that powell was opposed to the war in
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iraq cheney writes. indeed i continue to hear it today but never once in any meetinindid i hear him voice objection. cheney also takes aim at condoleezza rice. cheney says rice came into his office and "tearfully admitted i had been right." powell accuses cheney of trying to pump up book sales. evidence that president sh's foreign policy team was at war with itself. >> the team was not functioning as a team and we had different views and not just views -- and not views to be reconciled. >> reporter: we reached out to condoleezza rice for a response. she has none yet but will have her say soon enough. she has her own books in the works due out november. jon karl, abc news, washington. the alaska woman who punished her son by squirting hot sauce on his tongue was spared jail time. she was ordered to serve three
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yearar probation and the judge suspended her six-month jail sentence as well as a $2,500 fine. very videotaped the incident as a ploy to get on "the dr. phil" television show. defense lawyers for michael jackson's doctor have been dealt a serious setback ass the trial date approaches. the judge in the case has that mor that more than a dozen defense witnesses will not be allowed to testify as to the singer's drug use. lawyers want to argue that jackson was an addict and so incapacitated by drugs that he accide accidentally overdosed. >> michaha vick is cashing in after his big comeback. vick has reportedly agreed to $100 million deal with the philadelphia eagles, 40 million of that is said to be guaranteed. the six-year contract comes despite vick's dogfighting conviction that landed him behind bars for a year and a half. the contract translates to nearly a million dollars a touchdown and more than $6,000 a yard. >> must be nice. >> we picked the wrong career.
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staying with football here's the crew over at espn news with last night's highlights. good morning. cole wright here. eli manning and the giants facing the jets. first drive of the game, giants on the move. manning dropping back but hold on a second. jim leonhard says i'll take that. ely struggling all evening long. later in the first, check out kiwanuka, has a beat on the play but comes up a little lame at the end of this one. he would leave it with a groin injury not to return. manning feeling the pressure looking for ahmad bradshaw but davis harris says i've got other plans, picking that one off. manning, 15 and 30, two yards and two picks. giants kicking off after a field goal. antonio cromartie is deep. has a little trouble reeling this one in, picks it up five yards into his own end zone and takes off, moves to the left
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sideline. running like his feet are on fire. one to beat. pushes him out at the 35. on the ensuing drive jets facing second and two. sanchez dropping back, looking and finding and santonio holmes, that's a touchdown. ga ga ga gang green up and 7-3 ball game. later in the third, justin tuck, jammed up by another player and the jets win this one, 17-3. that'll do it for us. don't forget for the latest on the sports scene check out the highlight express. a word to the wise from some college kids. if you want to have a party, don't post it on facebook or maybe you do post it on facebook. >> look at that. >> that doesn't look so bad. 2,000 college kids showed up in
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an apartment complex near colorado state university after the biggest pool party of the year was advertised on facebook. >> one was brandon view whoook this video. ten people were taken to the hospital. mostly for, yep, drinking too much alcohol. several more were arrested. some saw the posting on facebook and drove all the way from denver, that's more than 60 miles away. >> i guess some neighbors weren't too happy. >> i can't imagine. doesn't make me miss college. i can't lie. the stories we'll be following today from convicted child rapist warren jeffs now in a medically induced coma. an former nba player now arrested on murder charges. our s that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia -- thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyryra can provide
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next, wild night in richmond has gunmen open fire on an suv. hours later a woman is shot on i-80 nearby. santa clara sheriff's are investigating a shooting after a fight a deputy overnight. >> it will be a roll are coaster
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of temperatures. >> and how about traffic. finally this morning the long road to the mirror ball trophy begins now. the new celebrity cast has b bn resealed. >> this is exciting mix of soap opera star, tv types and world class athletes. george pennacchio has the details. >> reporter: ricki lake is among the 12 ready to rumba. >> whether i win or lose, obviously i play to win but i want to have the experience and see what my body can do. >> reporter: last david arquette, j.r. martinez and george clooney's ex, elisabetta canalis. >> just the show gives you the possibility to learn how to dance with the best dancers in the world. >> when you think positive and you smile and you stay strong and you believe good things are going to come to your lie and i
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think i'm a testimony of that. >> from the world reality kristin cavallari and rob kardashian. >> be able to do this, 40 million people, whatever, and i feel like this is just like changed my life. >> i can see myself giggling and laughing a lot, smiling even if i'm supposed to be like sexy, i'll probably just start laughing. >> reporter: style expert carson kressley is in the cast unable to attend the announcement. in full force china phillips, attorney nancy grace and activist chaz bono. >> usually i'm known as pretty serious and talking about issues and now i just get to dance. >> i may not be the youngest, the prettiest, certainly not the skinniest and i don't know how to dance, but i got a lot of heart. >> reporter: from the sports world l.a. laker ron artest who has already ripped off his shirt and women's soccer star hope solo who is ready to go for it. >> i can guarantee you i'll give it my all but i might make a

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